Vincent Leleux has a unique and international journey in Biodanza and has over twelve years’ experience in Biodanza. He started dancing in Brussels, Belgium – where he is from – with Philippe Lenaif, he moved to Montpellier in France and trained as a teacher in Ecole de Biodanza de Toulouse-Occitanie. After his training, he moved to London, UK, where he started teaching in 2010.
Here is the story of how I came across Biodanza and why it was a revelation and how I am more and more passionate about Biodanza
It was the year 2002 and I was about to have one of the most amazing experience of my entire life, a true revelation…
I was 36 and since my early twenties, I had been looking everywhere for ways to improve my life, to have a fulfilled life, to enjoy every single day, to have amazing relationships and to make a difference in the world.
You see at that time I have everything I could want or desire: a beautiful and lovely wife, 3 adorable kids, a great job, the comfort of a house, a good car, great friends and a supportive family.
Yet, I was not satisfied. It looked exactly like I had followed a recipe and the dish was not good, I wanted to be able to spit it out before chewing it.
I investigated many personal development techniques: therapies, psychoanalysis for 5 years, yoga, meditation, shamanism, healing, energy healing, non-violent communication.
I have been exploring my own creativity, I did fine arts studies, I worked with shamans, guides, mentors, guru, with psychology, healing and shamanism, spirituality,
I read books, I listened to wisdom from the most renowned people.
I tried seminars, workshops, retreat, spiritual practices, and much more, you name it, I have tried it.
I was still frustrated because no matter where I was looking for, all I found was techniques, step by step, and systems that never brought the results I was looking for. Recipes for the best.
At some point, every week – sometimes twice a week – I was going to talk on a couch. After 5 years and a lot of money spent, I stopped, I was mostly in the same situation than 5 years before, very little had changed in the way I feel with myself, honestly nothing was better in my life after all that time…
That day in 2002, I found myself with a group of people having a drink on a terrace, it was the end of August and it was a beautiful sunny day. I heard that most of these people were going a bit later to a Biodanza class. I had heard about Biodanza because one of my best friend had been inviting me for more than one year to biodanza telling me that I would love it. Do you also have very good friends who know you maybe even better than you know yourself, and you don’t listen to their invitations to try something new?
That day I didn’t really decide to go to that class, I just said “ok, I am following you, let’s see what it is…”.
Then came this revelation to me.
There were about 50 people in the room and 2 of the best teachers in Europe.
It was such an amazing experience for one main reason: For the first time, I had a very strong feeling that all I had been looking for was within me, the important word here is “feeling”, not knowing, as I had known this for a long time, but yet never felt it my body. And then suddenly, this unique experience was making me feel in my guts how much all the answers I had been looking for for so long were all within me. Not only that, but even more important, that I was the only one able to know and feel what is good for me. Suddenly I was reconnecting to my deepest truth, to who I really am, and that felt so great. I was not following any recipe, I was suddenly thrown, without any choice, into the deepest relationship I could ever have: the relationship with myself. And even further than that: being fully myself, I connected with someone else being fully himself, and then another one, and the whole group of people, dancing like nobody is watching them.
I won’t tell you more about Biodanza, just share with you my favourite definition of this amazing system, not a recipe, and adventure.
Here is that definition: The poetry of human encounter.
"Have you ever danced until you flew? Danced so hard, so fast, so freely that you reach a level of overwhelming, ecstatic joy? If you haven’t you should – it can change your life." Mike Aldridge, Ecstasy through Dance, Namaste, Vol 9